Ohh No…Ashura Again!

Ohh No…Ashura Again!

Every year?During Ashura, on the sandy plains of Karbala, the forces of justice rose to challenge the infestation of injustice. When Muslims cry, “Oh Hussain!” they do not simply call out to the Infallible Imam of the year 680 AD.  Rather, they cry out a universal call for justice. When Muslims repeat, “Hayhaat Minna-Th-Thilla!” (Away With Disgrace!), their souls burst with a surge of power against oppression and falsehood.Every year?The first reaction many may have when hearing the word ‘Ashura’ may be, “Oh come on, you keep repeating the same story over and over again! Imam Hussain (peace be upon him) was martyred, life goes on!” or even more practically, “Why should we always be portrayed as victims?”  There are a few points to make in response.

Ashura is a word that has come to describe an everlasting struggle.  When Muslims commemorate the martyrdom of Imam Hussain and his companions (peace be upon them) on Ashura, they are not simply mourning for their loss as a Muslim nation.  Yes!  The Muslim world did lose the Imam of its time on the plains of Karbala. But when Muslims commemorate Ashura, it is far greater than the strife of a few heroic souls in a specific period of time. 

During Ashura, on the sandy plains of Karbala, the forces of justice rose to challenge the infestation of injustice.  When Muslims cry, “Oh Hussain!” they do not simply call out to the Infallible Imam of the year 680 AD.  Rather, they cry out a universal call for justice.  When Muslims repeat, “Hayhaat Minna-Th-Thilla!” (Away With Disgrace!), their souls burst with a surge of power against oppression and falsehood.

Imam Hussain not only sacrificed himself, but his family as well.  Imam Hussain told his family and companions on the last night before the bloody massacre: “Those people (the army of Yazeed) only want to fight me. And this night has come upon you all, so take the night as your ride and leave this place….”

None of the family members or companions left. Instead, many of them chanted things like: “Oh son of the Messenger of God!  We would never leave you!  Even if I were to be killed, cut into pieces, then brought back to life – and that were to be done to me several times – I would never leave you!”

Why were they so willing to sacrifice? Islam, which is the path of true submission to the will of God – in all the principles of truth, justice, and love – was at the verge of annihilation during the time of Imam Hussain.

The Imam knew this and told the people before he left to Karbala: “I have not left my home to seek power or to cause mischief.  I have not left my home to cause corruption or to do injustice.  Rather, I have left my home to demand reform in the nation of my grandfather, the Messenger of God.”

When Muslims commemorate Ashura, they are not commemorating an event that concerns only Muslims.  Ashura holds a universal call to justice.  Ashura must be commemorated every year as a message of hope to all the oppressed.

When a tear trickles down a person’s cheek, the person is crying for the tragedy of Ashura, but even more so, that person is crying for the tragedies in this world of injustice. When Muslims speak of Imam Hussain and the rest of the martyrs, they speak of the epitome of sacrifice.

When Muslims speak of the women and children who were led as prisoners throughout the deserts, they speak of the dignity of women and children as well.  When they speak of Lady Zayneb (peace be upon her), they refer to the one who held the torch of freedom from oppression after the massacre.

Every day there is oppression and injustice.  Every land on Earth is a battlefield between justice and injustice.

Hence, there should be no hesitation to chant with full comprehension,

“Every Day Is Ashura! Every Land Is Karbala!”

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4 Comments

  1. Sayida
    January 14, 17:30
    When I first read the title of this article I had to let out a sigh of frustration because I hear this tatement from so many people :sad: but then I read this part of the article:<br /><br />"[quote]When a tear trickles down a person's cheek, the person is crying for the tragedy of Ashura, but even more so, that person is crying for the tragedies in this world of injustice.[/quote]<br /><br />This is such an important message in our nightly programs that so many of the younger people in my community could connect to and understand. Unfortunately I see so many of them hanging around the parking lot or sitting in the shoe area instead of coming into the lectures to hear this beautiful message. I think many of the young people would be able to see the connection of Karbala and today's injustices if they could take some sort of parallel action - some sort of service event tied to the Ashura programs such as volunteering at a shelter and [i]then[/i] listening to the lectures. I'm not sure why there's a disconnect for so many teenagers when the message of Imam Hussayn (as) is such a strong an beautiful one, but I want to find a solution to fix this problem especially because the teenagers who hang out in the parking lot will be the future of our community!
  2. Hassan A.
    January 22, 11:07
    Ahsant brother ! I love how you take us from one conclusion to the next and the final conclusion being ""Every Day Is Ashura! Every Land Is Karbala!" You give that statement so much more meaning in your article.
  3. I come on this site a lot, although I am Sunni. I really like this article and it's messages, it clears up a lot of misconceptions. thanks. <br />JAK :)
  4. Sarah
    December 06, 01:59
    Theres more truth to the hole story your emams changed everything to make war with the sunies Us sinni ppl r more populated then shia because we are the true picture of islam allah yerhama hassan and hussien the one messanger that god choose is Mohamed (sws) and he choose Abubaker sadik to spread the word and they sure did you guys will not be forgivin for your actions and blaming against the sinnies there is no point in mourning like this they are turning in there graves Haraaaaaaammmm!

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